Qualifying for Services and Other Helpful Information
Early Intervention Program
To learn more about the eligibility requirements and the referral process, please visit Early Intervention Colorado and download A Family Overview: Colorado's Early Intervention Colorado Program at a Glance.
Medicaid Waivers and Family Support Program
In order to access Developmental Pathways programs, an individual must first be determined to have a developmental delay or developmental disability. This determination is made by Developmental Pathways during the intake and eligibility process.
Before the age of five, an individual can have a determination of Developmental Delay meaning that a child meets one or more of the following:
A child who is less than five years of age at risk of having a disability because of the presence of one or more of the following:
- Chromosomal conditions with delays in development
- Syndromes that begin at birth associated with delays in development
- Sensory impairments associated with delays in development
- Metabolic disorders associated with delays in development
- Prenatal infections and significant medical problems associated with delays in development
- Low birth weight infants weighing less than 1200 grams, or
- Postnatal acquired problems resulting in delays in development
A child less than five years of age who is significantly delayed in development in one or more of the following areas:
- Adaptive behavior (social skills, daily living skills such as bathing, dressing, safety, etc.)
A child less than three years of age who lives with one or both parents who have a developmental disability.
After the age of 5, a person must have a determination of a disability.
An intellectual disability is a disability that starts before the person reaches the age of 22 that affects their ability to complete daily tasks, their decision making and problem solving ability, and stems from a diagnosis or neurological condition. Examples of these conditions are cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or other neurological conditions that result in impairment of intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior.
Disability criteria requires:
An IQ of 70 or below on a formal IQ test that looks at cognitive or intelligence functioning.
A score of 70 or below on a formal adaptive test. The adaptive test looks at the areas of communication, self-care, home living, social skills, community use, self-direction, health and safety, functional academics, leisure, and work.
In order to enroll in one of our Medicaid waiver programs which includes:
The individual seeking services must enroll in and be approved for Medicaid.
The individual seeking services must meet the federal Social Security Administration’s definition of an individual with a disability (more information on the SSA’s definition of disability is available here, and they must apply for social security benefits.